He said he referred to four points which he had already made to the Irish bishops in 2006.
Firstly, that they had to establish the truth of what had happened. The cardinal said the Ryan Report was an important part of that.
Pope Benedict had also urged them to ensure that justice was done for all and that the bishops put in place measures which would prevent abuse by clergy and religious ever happening again.
The Pope had said that this was all with a view to healing the hurts suffered by survivors.
He said that Pope Benedict would no doubt be listening to seven Rome-based cardinals who the Irish leaders had met last week and that he would be reflecting on what they had to say.
The Catholic church’s hierarchy convened its regular summer meeting in Maynooth this morning.
It was, for the first time, to hear the report from Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Martin on their meeting with the Pope.